Following an intensive of studying the trends and the modus operandi of the fraudsters, The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has stopped 6 000 payments resulting in the figure going down substantially to 500 in the August payment cycle.
The agency said the decline is as a result of stringent measures put in place to combat fraud by both Sassa and the SA Post Office. They added that they could confidently say that the ‘noose has tightened’ on these criminals and the law will deal harshly with them.
In the recent past, the courts have not only sentenced people found guilty of social grant fraud but has issued orders for them to repay what they stole from the State.
Sassa has been working with relevant stakeholders including all banks to ensure that fraud within the grants system is ultimately defeated. Sassa is committed to addressing fraud and will continue to do verification of bank details. This means that if a record is not corrected with both Sassa and the bank, the payment will not go through every month.
They also encouraged affected beneficiaries whose payments have been stopped, to make an affidavit at the police station. The affidavit should confirm the correctness of bank details and account holder details. After making an affidavit, a beneficiary must take their bar coded or smart card ID together with the completed affidavit to Sassa or the post office. Those using personal banks must bring along proof of banking details from their banks.